Well, that cute orange kitty looks pretty normal, doesn’t he? Seems to be nothing but a normal tabby. But appearances can be a bit deceiving, as this cat is actually an American Ringtail. This rare breed has smooth fur, a bevy of possible eye colors, and – most famously – a tail that curls up against the body.
They are apparently friendly, smart, and energetic. They do well with other cats, kids, and even dogs and form special bonds with their families. The short hair makes it easy to groom, too. The cost isn’t head-spinning, but you still might have to pay up to a grand for one of these cute kitties.
No Wild Animals Here
While urban legend holds that the American Bobtail cat was developed while cross-breeding regular cats with bobcats, it simply isn't true. The name comes from the stubbed, “bobbed” tail that is usually only half a regular cat tail's length. These clever cats have reportedly escaped from rooms with closed doors and secured cages.
They're sociable and demanding, often meowing and hopping into laps unbidden. If you're a traveler, this is the kind of cat for you – they love to see new places. However, it will cost you: you'll have to shell out anywhere from six hundred to twelve hundred dollars for this uncommon breed.
Listen Up, Kitty
If you're after a friendly family pet, you could do a lot worse than the American Curl breed. Not only are they very sweet with lots of people, but they also have quite a unique feature. Their ears are shorter and curl back toward their head. We assume this is to help them hear the can opener better.
They're great family pets, but they don't like to be left alone. In addition, while they're generally healthy, they suffer from frequent ear infections for obvious reasons, but regular cleaning tends to help. If you've never seen one of these, here's why: they cost at least a grand but can get up to two grand from certain places.
A Cat That Hits the Gym
This cat looks like he or she is more or less a regular cat, but it's actually an American Shorthair. They're best known for their thick, dense coat, especially during the winter, and for their broad and muscular bodies. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, though brown and silver are the most common.
As a mixed cat breed, the temperament can vary wildly, but they tend to be friendly and affectionate. They fit into any home, and they were originally bred to hunt rats and mice. There are plenty of shorthairs to adopt for less than a hundred, but a bred variety can cost up to a thousand.
A Sharp Cat From the Desert
With bright green eyes, large ears, and a tapered tail tip, the Arabian Mau is an interesting sight. They seem to be direct descendants of leopards or tigers, but thankfully they're much less dangerous. They're suited to indoor or outdoor living, they're great with children, and they're often described as loving. Seems like the perfect choice! But there's one common downside: these cats get noisy. Really, really noisy.
They are very vocal and tend to “scream” if they want attention. In fact, the "Mau" in their names could be connected to how they constantly meow. They also aren't very good lap cats, even if they do tend to be affectionate.